Lower South

November, 2011
Regional Report

Make Small Lettuce Plantings

Unless you are planning a big salad party in the coming weeks, it is best to plant lettuce in small amounts every two or three weeks to keep a supply coming over time. This also helps hedge your bet against a heavy rain or other calamity destroying a newly seeded planting.

Establish Perennial Herbs

Fall is a great time to set out perennial herbs including rosemary, oregano, savory, chives, thyme, and mint. Water newly set plants in with a dilute fertilizer solution and mulch around them with shredded leaves to deter winter weeds.

Fertilize Color Containers

Cool season flowering annuals in landscape beds or containers will benefit from a little added nutrition every few weeks. This will keep the plants growing strong and help set the stage for lots of blooming in the coming months.

Plant Indoor Bulbs

Start some bulbs indoors in shallow containers now for blooms to brighten up the winter days ahead. Some types do well planted in a tray of pebbles, others can be set in a special bulb glass where their roots grow down into water, while still others can be potted up in growing media.

Add Mulch Around Woody Ornamentals

Maintain a 2 to 4 inch layer of mulch around woody ornamental plants, including roses and other shrubs, vines, and young trees. This mulch will deter weeds and decompose slowly over time to feed the plant's roots.

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